Zen-Brain Reflections (MIT Press)

Zen-Brain Reflections (MIT Press)

James H. Austin


This sequel to the commonly learn Zen and the mind keeps James Austin's explorations into the main interrelationships among Zen Buddhism and mind study. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a medical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving mental techniques and mind adjustments linked to the trail of long-range meditative education. Austin attracts not just at the most recent neuroscience learn and new neuroimaging stories but additionally on Zen literature and his own event with trade states of consciousness.

Zen-Brain Reflections takes up the place the sooner publication left off. It addresses such questions as: how do placebos and acupuncture swap the mind? Can neuroimaging experiences localize the websites the place our notions of self come up? How can the newest mind imaging equipment video display meditators extra successfully? How do lengthy years of meditative education plus short enlightened states produce pivotal ameliorations within the body structure of the mind? in lots of chapters testable hypotheses recommend how one can correlate general mind capabilities and meditative education with the phenomena of amazing states of consciousness.

After in short introducing the subject of Zen and describing fresh examine into meditation, Austin experiences the newest reports at the amygdala, frontotemporal interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic approach. He then explores diversified states of cognizance, either the early superficial absorptions and the later, significant "peak experiences." This dialogue starts with the states known as kensho and satori and contains a clean research in their a number of various expressions of "oneness." He issues past the nonetheless extra complicated states towards that infrequent ongoing degree of enlightenment that's happen as "sage wisdom."

Finally, on the subject of a not on time "moonlight" section of kensho, Austin envisions novel hyperlinks among migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism. The Zen point of view at the self and cognizance is an historic one. Readers will realize how correct Zen is to the neurosciences, and the way every one box can remove darkness from the other.

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